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Matip Gets 7.5, Minamino With 6 | Liverpool Players Rated In Lackluster Draw Vs Arsenal

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Liverpool entertained Arsenal at Anfield earlier tonight looking to pick up a win in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash. The Reds enjoyed more of the ball and received a numerical advantage when Granit Xhaka was sent off in the 24th minute. However, the Merseyside outfit were lackluster in the final third and went into the half-time break with a goalless scoreline.

It was a similar story in the second 45 minutes as Liverpool struggled to break the Gunners defence down as the contest finished 0-0 with both sides having everything to play for in the second leg.

Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player performed during the clash against the Gunners.

GK: Alisson Becker – 7/10

The Brazilian keeper made one important save during the game and was quite accurate with his ball distribution. He kept an easy clean sheet at home tonight.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10

The English right-back was always willing to get forward but his final delivery often let him down. He ran out of gas and got replaced in the second half.

CB: Joel Matip – 7.5/10

The Cameroon international dealt with the danger when needed and made some clever runs with the ball towards the Arsenal penalty box.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 7/10

Van Dijk dealt had a few nervy moments but was mostly solid at the back. However, he failed to cut open the Gunners defence with his passing.

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Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) vies with Arsenal’s English defender Ben White (L) and Arsenal’s Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga (C) during the English League Cup semi-final first leg football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 13, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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LB: Andrew Robertson – 6.5/10

The Scottish full-back worked his socks down the left flank and played some decent passes in and around the opponent’s penalty area. However, his crossing from corners was woeful tonight.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The Liverpool captain was always looking to get on the ball but failed to create any clear-cut chances in the final third.

CM: Fabinho – 6/10

Fabinho found life easy at the centre of the park. However, he was sometimes late to get to the ball which was unlike him.

CM: James Milner – 6/10

He produced another tireless display in midfield but offered very little in the Arsenal half.

RW: Diogo Jota – 6/10

The Portuguese striker made a good run only to get knocked down by Granit Xhaka’s reckless challenge in the 24th minute. However, he didn’t get a sniff at goal during the game.

ST: Roberto Firmino – 6/10

The Brazil international linked up play well with others around him but never looked like he would score.

LW: Takumi Minamino – 6/10

He made some decent runs with the ball but was guilty of missing a glorious chance in the dying embers of the game.

Substitutes:

CM: Curtis Jones – 6.5/10

Jones played some neat passes in the opponent’s half and raised the tempo of Liverpool’s play.

CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6/10

He couldn’t hit the target with his long-range attempt.

CB: Joe Gomez – 6/10

Gomez kept the ball moving quite well.

RB: Neco Williams – 7/10

He delivered a few inviting crosses into the Arsenal penalty box.

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